Playing the Course
Founded in 1735, The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh is one of golf’s oldest and most prestigious clubs. Named for its original members – a ‘burgess’ being a freeman of the burgh – the Society first played on the common lands of Bruntsfield Links, before moving to Musselburgh in 1874 and then to its present location twenty years later.
High quality courses always attract famous admirers, including a few regal players. In the 1920s, the course was a favourite of two princes who would both become Kings, and today, the Society not only retains its royal name, but also its patronage, with His Royal Highness The Duke of York an Honorary member.
Over the last one hundred years the Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh has played host to countless competitions and tournaments, from schoolboys and amateurs to the highest calibre of professionals in Europe.
The distinct parkland feel, lush fairways and true greens presents a demanding par 71 for even the best of golfers. The course hosts the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Coronation Schools Tournament every year for teams of former pupils – and has done so since 1953.
Royal Burgess, Edinburgh
The Royal Burgess course at Barnton is a real pleasure to play for golfers of all abilities. Situated in beautiful parkland, it is hard to imagine you are so close to the heart of Edinburgh.
With fairways lined by trees, including some fine specimen varieties, the cleverly bunkered course will challenge and reward in equal measure. Accurate driving and a deft putting stroke on our exceptional greens are prerequisites for scoring well.
Arguably the most picturesque hole is the 11th which is a 348 yard downhill par 4 dogleg over an open cundie crossed by a beautiful stone bridge.
The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh
181 Whitehouse Road